Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Teri Taylor, who was installed as Paramount’s head of casting when Adam Goodman took the top production job, will be leaving that post at the end of her contract. Joseph Middleton, a well established casting director who has worked with Goodman on projects from Old School to Little Fockers, will be taking over the top post as of next week, I’m told.

Taylor will become an independent agent, but will not be going away empty handed. She will be assigned the job of casting Paranormal Activity 3, which is currently being put together for an October release. Casting is getting underway on that film even though the studio hasn’t yet set a director. Taylor, who under her post cast Paranormal Activity 2, will likely be assigned other films, insiders said. Middleton has worked on such films as The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy franchise, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Twilight Saga: New Moon and Fair Game.

The move follows Monday’s exit of Marcia Ross as executive vice president of casting at Disney. It’s unclear what Disney will do with that post as insiders cited streamlining as the reason she exited along with physical production president Bruce Hendricks.

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